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From a Family of Three to a Family of Four | The Birth of Itty Bitty

At 40 weeks and 5 days, our second baby boy decided to make his appearance! It was the day before my scheduled non-stress test and possible membrane sweep. I prayed all weekend to avoid that appointment, and everything fell into place!

My mother came down that day at the urging of her hubby (thanks Mike!) due to my appointment the following day. Of course at the time I didn’t know that she already had a flight scheduled. I had sent her and my sister a text that morning saying I was cramping, but who knows if it would turn into anything. (I had had a few different days of cramping that turned into nothing, so I was trying not to get my hopes up!)

My mother showed up at my door just before 3. I hadn’t even known at that point if she was really coming. I called the midwife just before 5 to see if I should come in. I hated the idea of waiting to “bother” then after hours, since I wasn’t convince, yet again, that it was true labor. I was convinced my cramping wasn’t regular enough. The midwife said it was up to me, but that she was there with another mama, so she’d be there if I came or not.

We got there around 5:30 ish. She checked me and I was at 7 cm. It was go time! Little Itty Bitty was born at 7:58 PM, and my mom was able to be there! I was so glad!

We left the birth center around 11:30 and were home in bed by midnight! It was amazing to sleep in my own bed!

We are still relearning having a newborn. There are things that make it harder and things that make it easier with already having one kiddo. We are navigating our new family dynamic. Little Man seems to adore his new brother, he simply doesn’t yet understand how delicate he is. It’s all a learning process.
Welcome to the family Itty Bitty!

 

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Stop Buying My Kid Toys | The Abandoned Playroom

Ok, you don’t HAVE to, but don’t be surprised if he hardly touches it, or if it leaves the house.

When hubby and I moved this year, we were house hunting for a place that included a toy room space. Hubby wanted to contain toys away from where he spent his time in the evenings and on the weekends. I jumped on the wagon, thinking it was a great idea. Eventually we found a house that had a dinning room we didn’t need, but was conveniently located next to the kitchen/living room, so that I could keep an eye on him.

He hardly used it. Even if I was in there with him, he would move on quickly. It was kind of driving me insane. Eventually the weather warmed and we were able to go outside more, so his attention and energy had a better outlet.

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Because bubbles are best eaten from above.

As time went by I knew he wanted to be wherever we were, which was not his toy room, so I moved a few toys to the living room. I land more in the minimalist department for toys, so I just had two bins: one for books and one for toys. I only
kept out what fit and the rest was donated or put away to rotate later. He plays with them occasionally (most often when he’s trying to look busy at bedtime), but still not much.

What do you do with a kid that doesn’t really like toys? He never really has. He mainly plays with toys when he’s in a car, and even then sometimes he prefers to stare out the window. (If you take him to either grandma’s house though, he plays with toys for days…even if they are the same ones as at home 😒)

One day I was thinking about the toy room and started a discussion with my husband about how our kiddo is just more physical. That he would much prefer to climb than build, to explore than work a puzzle. Hubby agreed.

Occasionally we will “color,” or do a puzzle, or stack and tumble blocks, etc., but mostly we go outside, play in water, go for walks, climb rocks and walls, explore new items, kill flowers (we are working on that), or play with bubbles. I’m okay with that. That it just how my Little Man likes to do things.

Inside he loves to climb up and down the stairs and up, across and down tall beds. He enjoys closing doors and drawers behind me (Daddy approves!), and playing blanket hide and seek with Daddy.

I will say that more recently, since I have brought out the baby gear and placed it in his “old” toy room, he does enjoy going in there to bounce in the bounce seat, jump in the jumper, and carry around the floor gym. 😜 Baby gear must be so much more exciting when you’re a toddler, because I think he uses those things now more than when he was young enough for them!

So don’t get upset if my kiddo doesn’t have a ton of toys, or play with them all the time. He just prefers a different approach to the world, and that is okay. Will it always be that way? Will his little brother be the same way? Only time will tell, and that’s okay too!

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Achieving My Pregnancy Goal

So, I did it! Baby and I made it to 37 weeks (full term)! I’m actually at 38 weeks and change as I type this. I’m so excited that birthing at my birthing center is a real possibility now. 

But now I have a “problem.” I’m in the “waiting game” phase of pregnancy. It’s so weird to be just kind of moving about life waiting to see when God will spring labor on me! It’s a new experience for this pregnancy! 

It’s also new being in this stage of pregnancy. I had only JUST started feeling uncomfortable in my last pregnancy when Little Man was born (though I blame that discomfort on trying to move into a house and prep for a baby so late in pregnancy). This time around I’m getting to experience the “joys” of the last few weeks.

It’s really not that bad, just fatigue and achiness. I could have it so much worse! I have simply learned that I can be really impatient about some things! 🤣 Also, I’m ready for the swelling to stop because my pregnancy induced carpal tunnel is getting old fast! 

So now that all that whining is done, here’s to setting goals and achieving them!

Yay!

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Pregnancy Goals

Based on my two pregnancies so far, I usually stay pretty mellow. I think that’s just my personality. 

I am blessed to not have fertility issues this far, and I usually have pretty uneventful pregnancies. That doesn’t mean I don’t have nausea for 10+ weeks, back and hip pain, and round ligament pain. It’s just that I kind of see them as a part of the package for me and know I’m blessed to not have worse things to deal with. (I also frequent my chiro, which helps immensely!) 
This pregnancy has been slightly different since I’m not working, but I am raising a toddler. It definitely brings new difficulties to the process! 

Since Little Man was born 3 days shy of 37 weeks (that stubborn boy would not wait three days people!), my first “goal” for this pregnancy is to make it to 37 weeks so I can give birth at my birthing center instead of the hospital like last time.

So now that I’m 35 weeks pregnant, I’m acutely aware of my goal closing in. My midwife joked with me at one of my recent appointments that I just shouldn’t move from week 36 to 37 😜 I told hubby that I will be off duty that week! 

My midwife and I have come up with a slight plan to hopefully aid my body to at least wait until 37 weeks this time. I am going to stay away from primrose oil and red raspberry leaf tea until I am 37 weeks (most women start around 35-36 weeks) and I increased my dose of fish oils starting at week 32 until week 37, in hopes that the anti inflammatory properties will help the inflammatory process of labor to hold off.

It’s so interesting to me that they don’t really know what causes pre-term labor. I mean some cases might be more clear that others, but I just naturally went into labor and no one knows why. I also find it intresting that they still haven’t figured out what causes morning sickness, but that’s a different post!

So here’s to making my first goal of getting to April 12th!